Saarbrücken (district)

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Saarbrücken
District
Saarland sb.png
Country  Germany
State Saarland
Founded 1816
Capital Saarbrücken
Government
 • District admin. Peter Gillo (SPD)
Area
 • Total 410.62 km2 (158.54 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2012)[1]
 • Total 326,638
 • Density 800/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration SB (Völklingen: VK)
Website regionalverband-saarbruecken.de

The Regionalverband Saarbrücken is a Kommunalverband besonderer Art, an integration of a district (Kreis) and a district-free town. It is located in the south of the Saarland, Germany. Neighboring districts are Saarlouis, Neunkirchen, Saar-Pfalz, and the French département Moselle.

History[edit]

The district Saarbrücken was originally created in 1816. In 1974, the district and the district-free city Saarbrücken were merged, and the new administrative body was named Stadtverband Saarbrücken. Although it's not a district like others, most of its administrative tasks are the same as those of a district.

On November 21, 2007, the governing majority of the CDU in the parliament of Saarland passed a law which transformed the Stadtverband Saarbrücken into the Regionalverband Saarbrücken on January 1, 2008. The most striking change by this transformation was the introduction of the Kooperationsrat, a council of officials of the towns and municipalities which exercises some of the powers of Municipal corporation alongside the Regionalversammlung, the local equivalent of the Kreistag. As the directly elected Regionalversammlung represents the population, while the members of the Kooperationsrat are picked by the towns or municipalities which they represent, there is a debate whether the competences of the not-directly-elected Kooperationsrat infringe on the constitutional right of the directly-elected Regionalversammlung to exert all powers of Municipal corporation.[wp 1]

Geography[edit]

The Saar River flows through the district, through the city Saarbrücken in the center of the district.

Coat of arms[edit]

Coat of arms The original district had no coat of arms, the Regionalverband uses a coat derived from the one of the Counts of Nassau-Saarbrücken. The silver lion is taken from the County of Saarbrücken, the golden lion is the lion of Nassau.

Towns and municipalities[edit]

Towns Municipalities
  1. Friedrichsthal
  2. Püttlingen
  3. Saarbrücken
  4. Sulzbach
  5. Völklingen
  1. Großrosseln
  2. Heusweiler
  3. Kleinblittersdorf
  4. Quierschied
  5. Riegelsberg

Politics[edit]

The bodies of the district Regionalverband are the administrator Regionalverbandsdirektor, the council Regionalversammlung and the additional council Kooperationsrat, which is mainly composed of officials of the towns and municipalities.[wp 2]

District administration[edit]

On January 1, 2008, Ulf Huppert (FDP) became Beauftragter für das Amt des Regionalverbandsdirektors, temporarily acting as Regionalverbandsdirektor.[wp 3]

The first ever election of the Regionalverbandsdirektor was held on June 7, 2009. As no candidate gained an absolute majority in the first round, run-off elections were held On June 21, 2009, which were won by Peter Gillo (SPD) with 60.22 %, with Rainer Grün (CDU) taking 39.78 % of the votes. Gillo beat Grün in all towns and municipalities except Püttlingen. The turnout rate of the run-off elections was just 21.2 %.[wp 3]

District council[edit]

CDU 30.7 % 15 seats
SPD 30.3 % 14 seats
Die Linke 16.3 % 7 seats
FDP 8.8 % 4 seats
GRÜNE 8.2 % 4 seats
FW/BB Saarbrücken 3.6 % 1 Seat
NPD 2.0 % -
total 100 % 45 seats

(Result of the elections of June 7, 2009)[wp 4]

International relations[edit]

Saarbrücken is a fellow member of the Eurodistrict SaarMoselle.

International partnerships[edit]

Saarbrücken has a partnership with:

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "Fläche und Bevölkerung - Stand: 31.12.2012 (Basis Zensus 2011)". Statistisches Amt des Saarlandes (in German). July 2013. 
  2. ^ Tauchert, Wolfgang. "Regionalverband Saarbrücken - Provinz Agrigent". Saarland:Parnterschaftsprojekte (in German). Staatskanzlei des Saarlandes. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ Tauchert, Wolfgang. "Regionalverband Saarbrücken - Kayseri". Saarland:Parnterschaftsprojekte (in German). Staatskanzlei des Saarlandes. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ Lehne-Bernd, Eva. "History". Deutsch-Pennsylvanischer Freundeskreis Saarbrücken. Deutsch-Pennsylvanischer Freundeskreis e.V. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ Tauchert, Wolfgang. "Regionalverband Saarbrücken - Malatya". Saarland:Parnterschaftsprojekte (in German). Staatskanzlei des Saarlandes. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
Non-English Wikipedia links
  1. ^ Regionalverband Saarbrücken#Geschichte (in German), Retrieved July 12, 2013
  2. ^ Regionalverband Saarbrücken#Politik (in German), Retrieved July 12, 2013
  3. ^ a b Regionalverband Saarbrücken#Regionalverbandsdirektor (in German), Retrieved July 12, 2013
  4. ^ Regionalverband Saarbrücken#Regionalversammlung (in German), Retrieved July 12, 2013

External links[edit]

Media related to Regionalverband Saarbrücken at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 49°15′N 7°00′E / 49.25°N 7.0°E / 49.25; 7.0